Retail giant Target announced that it has already exceeded its 2020 goal to divert 70 percent of retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycling. Now, the company has set a new goal to achieve a 75 percent diversion rate by the end of this year.
In order to achieve its goals, Target’s efforts included performing waste stream audits to track what was sent to landfills, and tracking trash, donations, recycling and organics programs at the store level.
In addition to waste, the retailer also reached its 2020 goal of having 80 percent of its buildings Energy Star certified. Target is also installing solar rooftop panels to 500 stores and distribution centers.
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Target already exceeded its 2020 goal to divert 70% of retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycling, according to the company’s newly published 2018 corporate responsibility report. As a result, Target set a new goal to achieve a 75% diversion rate by the end of this year.
In 2017, Target says the company diverted 74% of their retail waste from landfills through salvage, donations, organics, reuse or recycling.
“Our progress is a result of the Salvage and Waste teams’ efforts in managing the salvage, donation, organics, recycling and trash programs for US headquarters, distribution centers, and Target stores,” according to the report.